Holidays: Expert’s optimistic outlook for quarantine-free getaways this winter

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Though travel corridors have been changing in rapid succession in recent weeks, there are still “plenty” of destinations where holidaymakers can visit without the fear of quarantine on their return home. What’s more, many of them are also boasting “safe” coronavirus case levels.

Using data from the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, travel expert Paul Charles revealed that there are a number of popular winter holiday destinations that remain on the UK’s travel corridor list.

Of these, many also remain in the green.

In a tweet, the travel pro stated: “Winter/ski update: our weekly chart has plenty of destinations where you currently don’t have to quarantine from on your return to the #UK.”

In terms of short-haul destinations, Sweden, Cyprus, Finland, and Norway all remain on the quarantine-free list at the time of writing.

Meanwhile, winter sun hotspots including Malaysia, Barbados, Dominica, Antigua, Seychelles, Mauritius, Singapore, Thailand, St.Kitts & Nevis and Vietnam also remain on the travel corridor list.

What’s more, all of the long-haul destinations currently remain in the “green” thanks to COVID-19 cases remaining below the UK’s current “safe” threshold.

However, things may not be quite so straight forward, with Mr Charles adding: “Note that there are often local rules in place, such as showing negative #COVID19 tests on arrival.”

Indeed, entry requirements to foreign nations range from coronavirus tests at airports to mandatory quarantine periods upon arrival.


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This includes Barbados, where Britons must undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival at the airport, before entering into a period of quarantine until they receive their results.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) explains: “Barbados designates the UK as a high-risk country.

“Travellers from the UK must arrive with a negative PCR test taken by a certified or accredited laboratory within 72 hours of arrival.

“On arrival, you will be required to quarantine at government-approved facilities (a designated holding hotel or approved villa at your own expense, or a government facility free of charge), and undertake a further test 4-5 days after the first accepted negative test.

“If this second test is negative you will no longer be subject to quarantine.”

Meanwhile, other nations are welcoming Britons with no entry requirements at all.

Sweden is one of these countries.

The FCDO explains: “Like other EU countries, Sweden has banned entry to non-EU and non-EEA citizens arriving from outside of the EU until at least October 31, 2020.

“British nationals are not affected by this ban.

“There is no general quarantine obligation for travellers entering Sweden.”

Confusingly though, a nation’s place on the UK travel corridor list does not necessarily mean UK nationals will be allowed to visit.

Malaysia, for example, is prohibiting all British nationals from entering the border, with the exception of some very specific exemptions.

It is vital Britons check the entry requirements of a destination before travelling.

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